Free Museums in Wales – Listing of Free Welsh Museums

Wales has a world-class system of public museums, so we thought we’d put together a list of the free museums you can visit in Wales.

The National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff

History, science and the arts at your fingertips – the National Museum & Gallery really captures your imagination. It houses the best collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris. Stroll through elegant art galleries housing world-famous works of art, or take a journey back in time to explore a land of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Uncover the secrets of our Celtic, Roman and Viking ancestors, or discover the story of the amazing natural history of Wales.

National Museum & Gallery Website

St Fagans National History Museum

The National History Museum opened on 7 July 1948. Since then, it has established itself as one of Europe’s foremost open-air museums, becoming Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. The Museum shows how the people of Wales lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last five hundred years; and over the past fifty years it has inspired generations of visitors with an appreciation of Welsh history and tradition.

National History Museum website

National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire

This flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy. Visit the restored listed mill buildings and historic machinery and see brand new features such as the glass roofed courtyard. A raised walkway gives a unique view of textiles in production at Melin Teifi, the site’s commercial woollen mill, while a new gallery displays aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection for the first time.

National Wool Museum website

National Slate Museum, Gwynedd

The National Slate Museum at Llanberis has recently been relaunched following investment of £1.6 million (approximately $3.2million), bringing back to life the inheritance of the North Wales slate industry, which roofed the industrial revolution. The Museum building is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir Mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry.

National Slate Museum website

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Throughout the Industrial Revolution Wales influenced the rest of the world. How we live today is a result of the choices we made then. At the National Waterfront Museum you can be plunged into poverty, wallow in wealth, dabble with danger or even risk your health! Experience noise, grime, high finance, upheaval, consumerism and opportunity. Be exploited! Watch as families cope under pressure.

National Waterfront Museum website

National Roman Legion Museum, Gwent

Today at the National Roman Legion Museum at Caerleon, you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn’t be the same without them. You’ll be able to see a large collection of objects that show us how they lived, fought, worshipped and died.

National Roman Legion Museum website

Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon

Big Pit, the National Coal Museum of Wales is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Explore the history of the industrial revolution, iron production and coal mining history. The Big Pit is an important attraction located in Blaenafon, which has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Coal Museum Website

The National Library of Wales – Aberystwyth

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is a mountain of knowledge about Wales and the world – millions of books on every subject, thousands of manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films and music, and electronic information. What’s more, there are often great exhibitions to check out.

National Library of Wales Website

What’s your favorite free museum in Wales? Let us know in the comments!

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